Pierre Roullier

French conductor

Although Pierre Roullier was initially promised to mathematics studies, in which he excelled, he eventually decided to pursue a career in music with Jean-Pierre Rampal, one of the greatest flautists of the 20th century.

Pierre Roullier started studying music in the city of Chambéry, and then enrolled at the Paris Conservatory to train under Jean-Pierre Rampal. He graduated first with a unanimously awarded first prize in 1977, then - in 1978 - he received his first prize in chamber music. He began to study conducting with Erich Bergel, teacher at the Berlin University of the Arts. Initially devoting himself to a career as a soloist and to chamber music, he received many awards, both national (Menuhin Foundation, soloist of Radio France, Jeunes Solistes tribune) and international (Munich, Rotterdam, Martigny). In 1978, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris was founded (known today as the Orchestre de chambre de Paris), in which he became principal flute. For many years he played with the most important orchestras, such as the Ars Nova ensemble, Itinéraire, Musique Vivante, Musique Plus, Le Collectif de Champigny... with them, he performed many works of contemporary music.

He has also been a member of the Nielsen Quintet since its creation in 1977. He recorded many works, and he was not limited to just one repertoire: his recordings range from Johann Sebastian Bach to Toru Takemitsu and Paul Méfano, and from Beethoven to Dusapin, Strasnoy and Bedrossian. They have received widespread critical acclaim as well as prestigious awards from the Académie du Disque Français, the Académie Charles Cros and the Académie du Disque Lyrique. 

Despite his many commitments, he has managed to dedicate part of his time to teaching, as well as to participating to a number of festivals.

6 key dates in the life of Pierre Roullier:

1978: International Contest of Chamber Music - Martigny

1988: Began his career as a conductor

1988: Grand prix du disque Laser d’or for his Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach 

2003: Recorded the opera Micromégas by Paul Méfano at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier

2004: Performed the opera Hatim le généreux by Régis Campo at the Opéra de Besançon

2005: Appointed artistic director of the ensemble 2e2m

Biography from Radio France’s document database, April 2014